McGraw's office has traditionally defended those expenses by saying they are trying to get the word out about consumer protection services offered by the office. This year, a good chunk of the money is coming from a national mortgage settlement. McGraw's office contends it is advertising those consumer-friendly services in the only way certain to reach consumers.
In their most recent campaign finance filings, made late last week, Morrisey had more cash on hand than McGraw.
McGraw's campaign had about $150,000, and Morrisey had about $290,000.
The McGraw campaign tried to turn that advantage on its head.
"Don't be misled," the campaign said. "The fact is this out-of-state millionaire has loaned his campaign $250,000 and on the most recent report he donated nearly $30,000 additional dollars."
Morrisey is also receiving a good chunk of his money from out-of-state donors. At least a third of his recent donations came from people who do not live in West Virginia.
This was part of a conscious effort by his campaign, according to campaign emails obtained earlier this year by the Daily Mail.
A former Morrisey campaign aide, Richie Parsons, told Morrisey campaign staffers in April to try to get donors from two groups of out-of-state people who might be keen on supporting Morrisey.
One group was Morrisey's contacts in Washington, D.C., where he used to work as an aide on Capitol Hill and was in private practice as a lawyer and lobbyist.
The other group was donors to Morrisey's unsuccessful 2000 campaign to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House. (Morrisey moved to West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle several years ago.)
In the end, Morrisey received $6,650 from people who donated to his 2000 run for Congress and more than $60,000 at out-of-state fundraisers.
Asked about the plan to get out-of-state donations, the Morrisey campaign said the "real issue in this finance report is why Darrell McGraw continues to engage in highly suspect and potentially illegal activities, not where some of our fundraising comes from."